ACR214 - Inequality, Power and Justice

Unit details

Year:

2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online, CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Emma Ryan
Prerequisite:

Students must complete 4 credit points at any unit level

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online:

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week

Note:

*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery

Content

While criminal justice systems across the world aim to promote neutrality and objectivity, extensive historical and contemporary research identifies how these processes can also discriminate against certain classes of people. For example, criminal justice processes can expose women, Indigenous people, people with intellectual disabilities, LGBTQIA+ people as well as other identifiable populations to specific forms of harm which can result in death, serious injury and more widespread cultural persecution or even destruction. This unit adopts a critical framework to analyse Australian criminal justice and its legacies of inequality. It is informed by a range of critical Indigenous, gender and disability perspectives that encourage us to understand and question mainstream understandings of crime and its control. The unit explores how a range of criminal justice interventions can compromise the pursuit of self-determination for individuals and groups who experience structural disadvantage, which commonly results in cycles of criminalisation, discrimination and trauma. The unit also examines how critical approaches to examining discrimination can support the development of improved practices that enhance equality and safety in the criminal justice system and help to recognise and limit harms generated by existing practices.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1

Critically analyse available scholarship relating to harm and criminal justice, and critically identify its manifestations for those affected.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global Citizenship

ULO2

Apply and critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of major theories and concepts of paternalism and their relationship to processes that contribute to inequality.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem Solving

GLO8: Global Citizenship

ULO3

Develop knowledge of major trends in disproportionate enforcement and unjust treatment within the criminal justice system that is a problematic legacy of criminal justice activity.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem Solving

GLO8: Global Citizenship

ULO4

Identify and analyse national and global developments that challenge and seek to reform decolonise or abolish criminal justice institutions.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem Solving

GLO7: Teamwork

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year.

Assessment

Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 – Research and Writing Exercise 1000 words
or equivalent
25% Week 4
Assessment 2 – Presentation (group) 15-minute presentation 25% TBA
Assessment 3 - Report 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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